WaterCooling UK Case Modding Services

The Result

The Result
 
Throughout the entire process WCUK kept us up to date on exactly what was going on. Additionally a project log for the case was posted over at the WCUK forums so that we could check the status at any time, look at the post recent pictures they'd taken and also get feedback from other members on what they thought of our colour and modification decisions. Of course, no pictures can show what the case looks like in real life, and for this reason we reserved judgement until the case arrived safely back at HQ:
 
WaterCooling UK Paintjob WaterCooling UK Praetorian
 
On unpacking the case from the almost never ending layers of bubble wrap we was totally taken back by the cases uniquely gorgeous paint job. With the holographic flake glistening in a rainbow of colours when exposed to bright light, we quickly moved the photography set-up outside to make the most of the afternoon's sun.
 
WaterCooling UK Praetorian Case Front WaterCooling UK Praetorian Case Paint Side
 
WaterCooling UK Praetorian Case  Water Cooling UK Praetorian Reflection
 
Unfortunately there was one massive drawback to moving the case outside - reflections. With a three part paint process including the BMW black gloss undercoat followed by two layers of clear coat (one of which contains the flakes), the case reflected absolutely everything from the brickwork of nearby buildings to the clouds in the sky.
 
Overall the finish on the case was what you'd expect from that of a continental car fresh from the factory. No orange peel effect, no pitting, no swirling and a surface smoother than a baby's backside. If we were forced to nit-pick, it would have been nice for the backs of the doors to at least be lightly sprayed rather than left as bare aluminium - but unless you're as picky as us, it's really not necessary.
 
 WaterCooling UK Praetorian Powdercoat WaterCooling UK Praetorian Powdercoat
 
Although not quite as impressive as the exterior of the case, the matt black powdercoated interior of the case was once again flawless with even the most tiny crevices being fully coated by the paint process. Running a screwdriver along an inconspicuous part of the case also revealed just how tough the surface was, with no damage being observed until you really apply pressure.
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01-09-2008, 16:57:46

JN
"Fancy an Orange Pearlescent case or maybe a black case with holographic flakes? We put WaterCooling UK's case spray painting service to the test on a mistreated CM Praetorian."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...174840152s.jpg

WaterCooling UK Case Modding Services

01-09-2008, 17:10:27

Rastalovich
Excellent review and a great example of what u can do with such cases.

I think the pricing is kinda ok. If ur set on doing this sorta thing, and especially if u primarily pick up a cheap case or use an old one u have laying around, it works out pretty good. And of course it`s quite unique.

Somewhat by mistake Jim, u have shown a pick of an outstanding idea for a case design/pattern.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...175916557l.jpg

Zoomed to proper size, it doesn`t look as good, but those clouds on the smaller pic looks amazing.

01-09-2008, 17:14:24

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
Excellent review and a great example of what u can do with such cases.

I think the pricing is kinda ok. If ur set on doing this sorta thing, and especially if u primarily pick up a cheap case or use an old one u have laying around, it works out pretty good. And of course it`s quite unique.
Cheers dude. Yeah tbh for me, I'd easily pay 120 to have my case sprayed. Just covering my back for the "OMG you cud buy a whole new case for that" remarks

If you're gonna go the route of spray painting tho I'd deffo choose WCUK over doing it myself. I tried to spray my stacker and it cost not far off 120 and took me almost a month. At the end of it, it didnt look amazing and I had a very dead arm

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'

Zoomed to proper size, it doesn`t look as good, but those clouds on the smaller pic looks amazing.
Haha yeah a couple of times when I looked at the pics in explorer I thought "oooh clouds pretty"

01-09-2008, 18:09:16

Thanh55
Just about finish paint inside my case, took me ore than 2 weeks with this wheather...my hand and finger really hurt...this service look amazing. Good review Jim. Just wonder when I mod another case?!?

02-09-2008, 12:27:52

Barry
I dont understand the 50-70 powder-coating charge...

I have 3 local shops that have quoted me under 30 for an entire case...

02-09-2008, 18:34:19

rrjwilson
I find all the prices a little high wallet wrenching but as far as I can see their workmanship is very good so its the standard you pay for. Powdercoating is actually very cheap so I can only assume that their service does something more or includes free delivery. Anodising would be worth that sort of stack without a doubt.

02-09-2008, 19:07:04

Marcus
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Barry'
I dont understand the 50-70 powder-coating charge...

I have 3 local shops that have quoted me under 30 for an entire case...
That would involve you doing all the prep work though.

If you gave them a case they wouldn't strip it down, clean it, put grub screws in all the screw threads, re-assemble it and ship it.

Some people can't be bothered with the hassle of it all, it's easier for them to get us to do it.

We have many many examples of previous work as you can see in our WCUK section and so people don't need to worry about the quality of the finish either.

EDIT: I'm also pretty confident in saying that we've now got one of the fastest

(if not THE fastest) turn around times out of all the other companies offering this service.

02-09-2008, 19:57:57

ionicle
very nice, would be worth the money if i had the money

03-09-2008, 07:22:27

rrjwilson
Thats what I thought was the reasoning. I like disassembling things but I often end up having to buy new screws as I've lost the others I do still enjoy it though.

19-10-2008, 04:49:24

Lynx
If i where to get extenals and internals same price marcus, would it cost the same as 2 colours?

Its not a very big case, smaller than the antec 300, and basic design.

This is it HERE.

I have already sanded down the paint that was on it. all it needs is primed and painted.

Can you quote me a price? PM me it please.

EDIT.

I could just buy the black version for 30. lol this is it HERE.

But please still a quote for 1 whole colour.
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